~~The Eighth Grade Pre-Engineering Academy has been hard at work while being introduced to many types of engineering and learning how to accurately present their ideas to potential clients. Brooke Poloskey, of Poloskey’s Meat Shoppe Inc, in Mantua, recently visited the class to ask them for some help for her meat shop. Ms. Poloskey owns a toy train set that she would like to showcase in the shop. Unfortunately, shelf space is a priority so the train currently resides atop the produce cooler where few people can even see it. The Pre-Engineering Academy was then asked to engineer an area for the train to be viewed and enjoyed by the patrons. In a matter of minutes, the class agreed that the train needed to be suspended from the ceiling so that the train could be viewed anywhere in the store. Ms. Poloskey supplied the class with the train and the tracks so that they were able to accurately measure and plan for the platform to be built. Discussion also took place as to whether a pricey plexiglass was a feasible option to help keep the train on the tracks or if something less expensive could be used. The students have gone back and forth pouring over numerous solutions to the train platform dilemma. The finished result has been installed. So the next time you are in the shoppe, have them run the train for you.